Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) jointly opened the Ulsan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (UCCEI) with Ulsan Metropolitan City to facilitate local 3D printing, medical automation, shipbuilding and offshore businesses.
President Park Geun-hye, Ulsan City Mayor Kim Ki-hyun, Mr. Choi Kil-seon, Chairman & CEO of HHI, Mr. Kwon Oh-gap, President & CEO of HHI and 150 other guests have attended the opening ceremony at University of Ulsan.
UCCEI operates “3D Printing Portal,” an information database of patents, equipment, materials, professionals and institutes. It also has a “3D Tech-Shop,” a lab for developing and testing ship and car parts made from 3D technology.
UCCEI will create an ecosystem where major shipbuilding companies, small and medium-sized equipment makers, and ICT (Information & Communication Technology) companies can cooperate to develop the next generation eco-ships and smart ships, and to localize major parts for ships and offshore facilities. UCCEI also plans to share 2,500 eco-ship related patents of HHI, Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering with SME shipbuilders and ship parts companies.
UCCEI will support ICT ventures to develop smart ship services by operating “Smartship SW Development Assistance System” and providing quality test services for new products and model ships together with an annual “Smart Ship SW Idea Contest.”
UCCEI will also foster advanced medical automation business as a new growth engine for Ulsan, by establishing a “Medical Automation Portal” to share ideas and know-hows among entrepreneurs, medical staff and companies and create an environment where medical ventures can test the suitability of their developed products in cooperation with Asan Medical Center and Ulsan University Hospital. UCCEI will encourage companies and hospitals to make inroads into overseas markets by binding medical robots and medical services as a package product.
The center will share various startup assistance platforms including one-on-one mentoring service, education programs, business idea contests and investment attraction service via MARU180, through “MARU180 Virtual Accelerating Zone,” a video conference room that will connect ventures in Ulsan and Seoul.
The center spans 1,828 m2 in two locations including a 1,221 m2 “Creativity Maru” at University of Ulsan, where entrepreneurs can share business ideas and make prototype products, and a 607 m2 “Convergence Maru” at Ulsan Venture Building, where entrepreneurs can receive mentoring, finance and legal consulting services.